Quick Hits: Reviews of Flash #12, New Mutants #25 and more…

Flash #12

Flash #12: Only a year after its initial release, DC Comics’ latest Flash series comes to an end. Weirdly, that’s to make way for another series starring that character, Flashpoint, a giant crossover that will probably be filling up your pull boxes for the next five months. While I thought Geoff Johns’ latest take on the Scarlet Speedster (now Barry Allen) began promisingly, the book faltered many times in its brief run, perhaps hindered by the fact that at his core Barry Allen is just not an interesting character. Though bolstered by some terrific art by Francis Manapul, I was always on the brink of dropping Flash, which was seldom bad but often mediocre. That basically describes my feelings on this series’ last issue, in which Allen has an anti-climactic showdown with the Reverse Flash. Though the issue looks great (and this time it’s classic Flash artist Scott Kolins doing most of the drawing), there’s very little of substance here. We revisit some ideas about Barry Allen regressing emotionally (the overexposition of which ruined Flash #11, one of the worst comics I bought all year) and, more interestingly, gain a glimpse into the Reverse Flash’s Speed Force experimentation, but that’s about it. It’s a pretty weak book which doesn’t get a real ending thanks to Flashpoint, and I’m stuck wondering why DC brought back one of its marquee characters if they were only going to give him a 12-issue series.   C
Review by Rebel Rikki

New Mutants #25: With the “Age of X” all wrapped up we get a new creative team with issue #25 of New Mutants, most notably new writers with Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning teaming up to oversee this team of mutants. I’ve never followed the New Mutants in the past, except when required to by crossovers, so I came to this issue with a pretty fresh set of eyes, and I found it to be a pretty solid jumping on point for new readers and old fans alike. A lot of the issue deals with the aftermath of—what I’m assuming is—this title’s previous, non-”Age of X”, storyline and the writers do a solid job of letting us in on what has gone down and why we’re seeing the plotpoints that we are in this issue. And once those loose ends are tied up we get a solid glimpse of where this title will be going, what this team—under new leadership—has been tasked by Cyclops to taker care of… and I admit, I’m kinda excited about this new direction. A-
Review by Spaceman Spiff

FF #3: This series is off to a really fun start as we get some clarification on last month’s cliffhanger. Of course, if you’ve been paying attention—and the intricacies of Jonathan Hickman’s writing kinda demand that you should!—you won’t be surprised to find that Valeria and Dr. Doom have teamed up not to take down Reed Richards, but to take down four—of course—Reed Richardses from alternate universes! And who do they decide to use as their think-tank in tackling this problem? Why non-other than some of the Marvel universe’s—and Reed’s—biggest enemies. Epting as always provides fantastic art and I can’t wait to keep seeing what this series pulls out of its hat. A
Review by Spaceman Spiff

Unwritten #25: Tommy Taylor has returned to reality after a strange journey through worlds of literature. Now he and his two allies plan to break into an auction house to steal some relics belonging to his departed father, Wilson Taylor, which they think will help elucidate the mysteries surrounding Tommy’s life. Of course, if you follow Unwritten, you know nothing ever goes as planned, and the shadowy villains that have been plaguing Tommy since issue #1 intend to see he doesn’t get what he wants. I don’t think Unwritten has ever had a bad issue, and its metafictionality never ceases to disappoint. Indeed, I feel like a real discussion about the power of fiction to affect reality is especially relevant in light of recent political events, and what better forum to host that discussion than a piece of fiction? A
Review by Rebel Rikki

tags: fantastic four, ff, geoff johns, jonathan hickman, new mutants, the flash, unwritten

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